ABOUT 1000 people flocked to the Lake Charlegrark foreshore for the lake’s 25th annual country music marathon on Saturday.
Event president John Naylor said the crowd was on par with the first day of last year’s event.
The marathon, which continued on Sunday, featured an array of artists including Paul Costa, Sandra Humphries, Amber Joy Poulton and Bill Gray.
Mr Naylor said organisers were pleased with the first day of the event.
“The atmosphere was great and the music was fantastic,” he said.
“On Sunday we had the same artists performing again.
“We had a really good line-up this year.
“We try to get new artists each year, but there are ones who come back from year to year.
“Some have been here every year since we started, which speaks for itself.”
Mr Naylor said people travelled from across the Wimmera and from interstate to attend.
“We had people come a long way, including from Tamworth and Whyalla,” he said.
“We had some memorabilia made for the 25th event and that created a lot of interest with people.”
Money raised at the marathon will go to the Edenhope and District Memorial Hospital and charities.
“The amount we raise each year varies, but we would be hoping to get about $10,000 this year,” Mr Naylor said.
The event has raised more than $150,000 for the hospital and charities in the past 24 years.
The marathon will finish on Sunday night.